But once inside they cannot hide. I'm convinced that there is some undiscovered interior-design gene that is strongly correlated with male homosexuality. I don't care if they are a doctor or a trucker, it's all the same. They may be butch in the streets, but they are sweet in their sheets of ten-million count Egyptian cotton. There's no dust on the mantle and no clutter under the bed and every piece of furniture is perfectly arranged with the mad Zen-like precision of an Ikebana master.
But no system is fool-proof. You can't always tell if a man is gay by his house, because some of us are missing that gene. There's not many, to be sure, but we're here. And I know who you are ... hell, I've dated most of you .... but don't worry, I won't out you. I'm one of you - I have all the design skills of a 23-year old straight boy.
Those days might be over. I'm getting help with a makeover, and we'll do it [almost] Live and Online.
Here's the story: I meet Gary over a week ago. Come Sunday, I agreed to help him in his mother's yard in the morning, and he agreed to come over and help me arrange some plants in the afternoon. I had already adopted a lot of rare and beautiful bromeliads from David and Roger when they moved further out into suburbia. Then, just that Saturday, I inherited lots of hina hina, staghorn fern, orchids, and other various plants from Tom, who's moving to Arizona. I needed to get them set before they weekend.
So Sunday morning I dug holes for his mom. Easy. Simple. Ooo-rah work. I could handle. Then we went to my place ... and Gary revealed his skills. He went to the junk corner of my garden, all weeds and catshit and mud. I told him there was nothing there of interest. He announced that, in that case, he was going to make it the focal point.
I went inside and poured some drink. What else was there to do? I got out the shears to help him, but he stopped me and made me put them back. He wasn't going to allow any cutting.
Now. My favorite gardening tool is my machete. I sharpen it and oil it and go to war with the jungle that is my yard. I don't know how to garden without cutting. I mean, chopping things down is half the fun. But today we weren't going to chop, and I entered some new territory. I helped for awhile, and then just went inside and cooked dinner.
A few hours later he had taken my junk and turned it into this:
There's a complete set of pictures on my Photobucket Site (or just follow the photos link below my pic). I've got the work Gary did, although I'm missing details on the orchids, rocks, and bromeliads. I also posted some before pictures of the rest of the yard ... because Gary is on a roll. I mean, he was starting to feng shui and bedazzle my study.
I'm down with that. The only problem is, he's back across the ocean now. Which, as I've noted before, ptooey.
So we'll do it online. Here's the plan: I'll post pics, he'll offer the design, I'll get to work ... and we'll do it all here and in the public eye.
It'll be fun - so stay tuned! I'll get some interior shots posted tomorrow.